Talk Thursday ~ Electricity or Once Again No Hay Luz

Today I thought we’d learn a little about electricity.

Our latest power outage was caused by one of the biggest rainstorms of the season that traveled with us all the way from Panama on Tuesday.  There was so much water flowing in the district that it washed out a few power poles in neigbouring towns and plunged us into darkness and waterlessness around 9:00 Tuesday evening.  Almost 18 hours later order was restored, the distance hum of the generators owned by a lucky few ceased, and life returned to normal…in the campo.


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3 Responses to Talk Thursday ~ Electricity or Once Again No Hay Luz

  1. pklainer says:

    One of my funniest encounters with infrastructure outages in Panama happened a few years ago, when I stayed at a hotel near the village instead of renting a house. You had to pay by the day for internet access, and as I went to the front desk after breakfast to make the arrangements I was told the internet was “sold out for the day”. No matter how I argued, the internet for that day was all used up and I wasn’t getting any. You can be sure I arrived at the desk much earlier the next day! The biggest problem for me with power outages that occur even in Buenaventura is that the toilets no longer work either. Glad to hear you’re up and running.

    • indacampo says:

      The grid in our town is set up really weird. The power can be out in our little pocket but we can see our neighbour’s lights across the field. This time everything from Pocri down to the end of the peninsula was out because of several poles washing out with the rain. If the town’s grid is out it means the pump at the cistern doesn’t work either so it is power and water. Luckily I live with a guy who is very well prepared and we even had enough water to share with the neighbours. 🙂

      • pklainer says:

        for Karen: I would imagine in rainy season to have fans or air conditioning out for any length of time makes things feel very damp and musty. Glad things came back on, and that you had enough water. As you say, life in da campo 🙂

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